The foundation of every quality information security program is the policies and procedures that articulate the scope and directives of the program. Developing and implementing documented policies and procedures is the first step towards ensuring your company is applying due care and due diligence in the area of information security.
Basically, if you have policies and procedures in place that you are following, you are already well on your way! This may sound pretty straightforward, however the process of building a set of policies and procedures that are clear and concise, respect your company's workflows and culture and provide true protection to critical assets can be very challenging. If your security program is too complex for your environment then it risks to reduce productivity or to meet rejection by people on your team and therefore not be applied in all departments by all employees. What works in one company will very likely not work in another. For this reason, there is a need to tailor your program around your company's exposure, its culture, the industry, the frameworks that your clients follow and the laws and regulations in the various states, provinces and countries where you do business.
Additionally, you need to consider any compliances required within your industry or for the types of data you store and or process. For example, if you are storing or processing healthcare information of American citizens you would likely need to be HIPAA compliant. If you are working with credit cards you likely need to be PCI-DSS compliant. Both of these standards will impact the requirements of your information security program.
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